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Consciousness at Play: A Writer Wednesday Post

Irene and Her Spectrum, photo by Nick Doyle all text ©Irene O’Garden 2012 Had a great time in Denver last week attending the conference and performing Stand-Up Dreams. The picture above was taken during the show as I discuss what

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Fabric of Change: A Writer Wednesday Post

Rug Shop Truth, photo & all text © Irene O’Garden, 2012 Identity redux, this week– Bittersweetly turning season. Fall promise crisp as a bosom of starched cotton; melancholy on the shoulder like a swathe of tulle. Children we first knew as

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Wave Wake

Summery Remembrance: A Writer Wednesday Post

Wave Wake, photo and all text ⓒ Irene O’Garden 2012 While we are in Niagra-On-the-Lake for our annual journey to the Shaw Festival, I offer you a summery remembrance: fishing with my Dad. This poem was first printed published in

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A Little Lettering: A Writer Wednesday Post

Poetry has been requesting my attention quite a bit lately. Above you see a fragment of a child’s poem, one of ten I hand-lettered on muslin for an upcoming event this Sunday at Constitution Marsh. If you look near the

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Tenting Tonight: A Writer Wednesday Post

TENTING TONIGHT This time of year the house feels as confining as an elevator.  We don’t have a screened porch, so a few years back, I bought a screeny tent. Every year I pitch it at a short remove from

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Musing on Muses: A Writer Wednesday Post

MUSING ON MUSES Whether we are artists or not, we all have muses, energies which inspire us to create.  It seems I have an emerging collection of writing calling itself “The Museum.” The following poem was first to arrive. (If

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Glossolalia: A Writer Wednesday Post

Springsense photo, recording and all text c Irene O’Garden 2012 New this week: If you would care to hear me reading this week’s post, click here: Glossolalia Recording. Please note I am still in the Stone Age with this technology–for now

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Tadpoles: A Writer Wednesday Post

Terra Celestials photo and all text c Irene O’Garden 2012 I took this photo last year outside my husband’s office window. Many thanks to all my readers for their warm response to last week’s post and Lauren’s plea for art.

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Inspiration: A Writer Wednesday Post

INSPIRATION I had finished writing my weekly post when I received news of a resourceful California girl. So I offer the following instead. It’s a story you’ll enjoy. When ten-year-old Lauren learned that, due to a budget shortfall, the Education

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Identity: a Writer Wednesday Post

What follows is the first in a series of reflections. These arise most vigorously when I take my annual writing retreat, but can sneak up anytime. I took the accompanying photograph on this year’s retreat.  This figure is one of my

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Join Me For a Reading Saturday!

Hi everyone! I’m happy to say that my poem “Land Assessment” was recently published in the Wawayanda Review 2, the annual journal of the Northeast Poetry Center’s College of Poetry. I will be joining other poets to read in celebration of

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The Pushcart Prize 2012 Is Out (and I’m In It)!

The book is finally out! As many of you know, I won a Pushcart Prize for my essay “Glad To Be Human,” which was originally published in the “Tusculum Review” and is now included in the 2012 edition of The Pushcart Prize –

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Coming Soon–Art Garden Online!

Our new Art Garden logo In 1987, I founded The Art Garden, a performing literary magazine staged four times yearly at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY. I still produce, host and write for The Art Garden, now a

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